Why Easter is a great time to Visit Prague
We spent 3 months in Prague last summer, leaving for Asia as it was starting to get cold in late September. Coming back a week ago we didn’t know what to expect. We’ve never been in Europe this time of year. Our 6 days in Prague were what Spanky calls a ‘Kinder Surprise’ (after the Italian egg-shaped chocolate). The first reason is pretty obvious: we were arriving as Prague was preparing for Easter. The second reason is less obvious: we had no idea what we were going to get in terms of weather. And just like a Kinder Surprise we got a little bit of everything; spring-like sunshine, brooding grey skies interrupted by clear patches of blue, sporadic showers that would suddenly give way to warm rays. We even got a stuck in a ten minute snowstorm.
The result of the varied weather were some incredible lighting conditions. It made for interesting photography. I think we actually snapped more interesting photos over 6 days then we did over 3 months last summer. Have a look at some of the photos below.
Below: Painted Easter eggs and Easter decorations around the Old Town Square.
Below: The sun setting over the buildings of the Jewish quarter.
Below: Scary skies over the Charles Bridge.
Below: Views on the Charles Bridge. The sky would turn from dark clouds to clear blue skies within minutes.
Below: Squares and streets in Old Town Prague.
Below: around the Old Town Square.
Below: Views on the Vltava river, the light turning from summer-ish to winter-ish conditions on a dime.
What we missed most while in Southeast Asia was walking (horrible sidewalks, intense heat, street dogs). We made up for it in Prague, walking hours every day. We even did what I call Prague’s most scenic walk, crossing one of the bridges to Letna Park and following the paths to Prague castle.
Below: Prague castle, which would usually be packed any other time of year…
Below: again the weather changed as winter skies rolled over the city.
Visiting in the summer is great but you don’t get the same variability in weather. I think early April actually makes for some of the best photography just because of the lighting. Bring a lot of layers and a raincoat because you never know what you are going to get. Some more photos taken over our 6 days:
Below: The John Lennon wall which looks quite different then it did last summer (number 37 on this list).
As we left on Friday April 3rd we caught last glimpses of the preparation for Easter. Crowds packed the Old Town Square and even cold temperatures (it was 5C when we left) didn’t stop people from drinking beer while eating sausages. Just as last year, we left Prague slightly sad. It definitely won’t be the last time we visit the city.
Below: We don’t usually take selfies so here’s a rare one.
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– Accommodation. We stayed in a small studio that we rented with Airbnb. It was rustic but inexpensive and perfect for a short stay. If you haven’t signed up for Airbnb yet use our link and save $35 US off your 1st stay. If you’re looking for a hotel, A couple of suggestions in the mid-range category: The Blue Oak. It has a perfect location on the castle side of the river. Another very nice hotel at a good price is Dolce Vita Suites on the Old Town side of the river. Both are excellent. A great Budget choice is the Czech Inn Hostel.
– Walking Tour. I recommend this 3 hour Walking Tour of the Old Town and Prague Castle. It’s what we did to get orientated our 1st time in Prague.
– Most importantly, don’t be afraid to visit Prague this time of year. The weather is bearable (mind what I said about wearing different layers) and you won’t be faced with the tourist hordes that you’ll see at other times of the year. We really enjoyed it.
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